5 comments on “New Evidence Suggests Jesus Was A Buddhist Monk Who Lived And Died In India

  1. Does that mean I’ve got to change my expletive, “Jeezus!” to “Boodda!” now? It’s taken me a lifetime to get that first one to come out automatically; this is going to mean more work.

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  2. There are all kinds of fictitious “gospels” floating around, for example, like the Aquarian Gospel, the Gospel of the Holy Twelve, the Essene Gospel of Peace, etc. Some of these “gospels” depict Jesus as a vegetarian, others say he traveled to India, or that he taught reincarnation (I believe reincarnation IS compatible with Christianity–on an abstract, theological level, as I’ve demonstrated elsewhere on this website).

    Anglican priest Reverend Andrew Linzey, the foremost theologian in the field of animal-human relations and author of several books on animals and Christian theology, wrote in the now-defunct Animals’ Agenda at the turn of the new century that there is enough of a long history of animal advocacy, concern for animals, and vegetarianism in mainline Christianity, and that Christian animal activists should not have to resort to these possible works of fiction to bolster the case for animal rights in Christianity, when bringing the issue of animal rights to the churches. Mainline churches aren’t about to take these “gospels” seriously. And with good reason.

    Swedish New Testament scholar, Per Beskow wrote an entire book on the subject, entitled Strange Tales About Jesus, where he effectively debunks these “gospels.”

    The Gospel of the Holy Twelve, for example, describes Jesus and his apostles en route to Jerusalem,encountering a man with a pack of hunting dogs. Along the lines of a belief in karma and reincarnation, Jesus exclaims, “Woe unto the hunters, for they shall be hunted!”

    Per Beskow comments that this incident sounds like 19th century England, rather than first century Palestine, and that the Gospel of the Holy Twelve was, in fact, received through seances and mediums in 19th century England!

    Similarly, the Essene Gospel of Peace has Jesus advocating a raw food diet and speaking to his disciples about their Heavenly Father and their Earthly Mother, which Per Beskow says contradicts first century Judaic monotheism.

    (So, too, does the traditional Christian belief in a Trinity, which did not arise until centuries after Jesus, and is, therefore, arguably pagan in origin. Even theologically conservative Christian scholars rely on the Jewish tradition from which Christianity emerged to determine if a Christian theological doctrine or gospel is false.)

    In a review of Steven Rosen’s Food for the Spirit: Vegetarianism and the World Religions which appeared in a 1988 issue of Vegetarian Times, secular scholar Keith Akers implied Steven Rosen (Satyaraja dasa) was being intellectually and theologically dishonest in bolstering the case for Christian vegetarianism by referring to these fictitious gospels.

    My own book on the subject of religion and animals, They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy, was published in 2003. (I’m grateful to have become a published author before turning 40.) Similar to Steven Rosen’s Food for the Spirit: Vegetarianism and the World Religions, the book discusses animal rights and vegetarianism in the Western religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, the Baha’i faith, Pythagoreanism and neo-Platonism. Bruce Friedrich of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wrote the preface, and the late Reverend Janet Regina Hyland (author, God’s Covenant with Animals–it’s available through PETA) wrote the foreword.

    When I gave a talk on religion and animals at a San Francisco Vegetarian Society potluck in February 2001, I told the audience that I deliberately chose to focus on the *Western* religious traditions, because for too long, the stereotype of “religious vegetarians” is that they are all followers of Eastern religions, believing you might be reincarnated as a cow in your next life if you’re not careful. (This drew a chuckle from the audience.) I wanted to show that the Western religious traditions also support the vegetarian way of life.

    The book has been endorsed by Jewish and Christian clergy. The purpose of They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy is two-fold: to bring animal rights and vegetarianism into the mainstream (churches and synagogues) and to provide animal activists with inspiration and support for their own activism.

    When I wrote They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy, I made it a point to stick to orthodoxy: Scripture, theology, church history, secular history, the writings of the early church fathers, the lives of the saints, religious reformers in Protestantism, current trend in animal liberation theology, etc. — and leave all “strange” elements behind. I sent a copy of my book to Per Beskow, and he acknowledged that I have not written a “strange tale,” but he didn’t think I provided enough compelling historical evidence to demand that Christians be vegan. He admitted, however, that his area of expertise is historical, not theological. The book has gotten a very positive response from Christian vegetarians and Christian vegans, of whom I have the deepest respect.

    Norm Phelps, Spiritual Outreach Director for the Fund For Animals, endorsed the book, saying the animal rights movement will never succeed until we have religion on our side. Reverend Frank Hoffman, the retired vegan Methodist minister and owner of the http://www.all-creatures.org Christian vegan website, gave the book a glowing review in Veg-News shortly before the book’s publication. He wrote to me, “For a non-Jew and a non-Christian, you have a remarkable grasp of Biblical interpretation.” Rachael Price, a born again Christian, has endorsed the book. Christian vegans Kathy Van Der Kaay and her husband conducted a podcast interview with me as well.

    The animal rights movement — like the civil rights movement before it — could use the inspiration, blessings, and support of organized religion, which was the reason I wrote They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy, and sent hundreds of copies to clergy and lay people alike across the theological spectrum. Matthew Priebe, a Bible-believing Christian, and author of Animals, Ethics and Christianity, endorsed They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy, but could tell right away that my approach to biblical scholarship was secular and academic.

    He said They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy might influence liberal Christian denominations, such as Episcopalians, Methodists, Quakers, and Unitarians, but that I would run into problems with biblical literalists and fundamentalists. I’m hoping that isn’t the case. I’m hoping Jews, Christians, Muslims and Bahai’s from all walks of life will join us. It’s time to end animal slavery.

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  3. Ok, so as Lou already knows, I’m a vegetarian. Does that help explain if Jesus was a Buddhist? Seriously though, if we’re going to address animal rights, I chose, and choose, vegetarianism because having been raised on a homestead (where we killed our own animals for food), fished and hunted, I became aware of the fear and pain meat eaters projected into the planet’s “aura” so to speak and I no longer wanted to be part of that horror. I was already anti-war for that same reason. And now, back to Jesus… the one in the Christian gospels certainly wasn’t averse to killing fish, or pigs. Yet consider this biblical passage:
    Ge. 1:29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
    Ge. 1:30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground — everything that has the breath of life in it — I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
    Ge. 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning — the sixth day.

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